Thursday, January 27, 2011


So.....Abram keeps telling me that God told him that he is going to be the father of a nation. Really God...with whom? Do you not know that my womb has continued to prove that it is not a place where a baby wants to be. Don't get me wrong, I believe and trust that God created the earth, saved Noah from the flood, and can give my sweet Abraham a nation, I am just not sure it will be through me? HMMMM, maybe my servant Hagar could help him out? I wonder how that would turn out? It could work, right!

In Genesis 16 we see Sarah's plan for giving Abram an heir to begin the great nation that had been promised to him by God. Sarah was going to "help" God out. She figured if she could not give Abram a child, she could give her servant Hagar to Abram, who in turn would give Abram a child. Once Hagar had the child, the child in which Sarah thought would be the solution to her childless problem, an abundant amount of problems came to be. Hagar became insensitive and prideful. In response to Hagar's actions and attitude, Sarah kicked Hagar and her newborn child out of the camp. Sarah was again left with no child and now had no servant.

How many time do we in our lives to do this? You may be asking God for a job, a house, a husband, or a child, and waiting on Him to answer. Well, in theory anyways!

We claim God's promises and answers to our prayers, but sometimes we try to "help" God out. We will work harder, prayer more, volunteer at every church event and even give God suggestions as to how He could answer our prayers. When really all God wants us to do is to "be still and know that HE IS GOD!". So today as you are waiting on God to answer your hearts cry, be still and allow God to work in His on time and with His own plan. Sarah tried to do her own plan instead of waiting on God, and we see what happened. Learn from Sarah and even when it is easier said then done sometimes....WAIT!

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Jesus throughout the Bible

Just in case you thought Jesus only showed up in the New Testament..

In Genesis, He is the Seed of the Woman.

In Exodus, He is the Passover Lamb.

In Leviticus, He is our High Priest.

In Numbers, He’s our Pillar of Cloud by day and our Pillar of

Fire by night.

In Deuteronomy, He is the Prophet like unto Moses.

In Joshua, He is the Captain of our salvation.

In Judges, He is our Lawgiver.

In Ruth, He is our Kinsman Redeemer.

In First and Second Samuel, He’s our Trusted Prophet.

In Kings and Chronicles, He is our Reigning King.

In Ezra, He’s our Faithful Scribe.

In Nehemiah, He’s the Rebuilder of the broken walls.

In Esther, He’s our Advocate.

In Job, He’s our Ever-Living Redeemer.

In Psalms, He is the Lord, our Shepherd, so we shall not want.

In Proverbs, He is our Wisdom.

In Ecclesiastes, He is our Goal!

In the Song of Solomon, He is our Lover and our Bridegroom.

In Isaiah, He’s the Prince of Peace.

In Jeremiah and Lamentations, He is the Weeping Prophet.

In Ezekiel, He’s the Wonderful Four-faced Man.

In Daniel, He’s the Fourth Man in the burning, fiery furnace.

In Hosea, He’s the Eternal Husband, forever married to the


In Joel, He’s the Baptizer in the Holy Ghost.

In Amos, He’s our Burden-bearer.

In Obadiah, He’s our Savior.

In Jonah, He’s the Great Foreign Missionary.

In Micah, He’s the Messenger with beautiful feet.

In Nahum, He’s our Avenger.

In Habakkuk, He’s the Evangelist pleading for revival.

In Zephaniah, He’s the Lord, mighty to save.

In Haggai, He’s the Restorer of the lost heritage.

In Zechariah, He’s the Fountain springing up with

everlasting life.

In Malachi, He’s the Son of Righteousness, rising with healing in

His wings.

In Matthew, He’s the Messiah.

In Mark, He’s the Wonder Worker.

In Luke, He’s the Son of Man.

In John, He’s the Son of God.

In Acts, He’s the Holy Ghost, moving among men.

In Romans, He’s the Justifier.

In First and Second Corinthians, He’s the Sanctifier.

In Galatians, He’s the Redeemer from the curse of the law.

In Ephesians, He is the Christ of unsearchable riches.

In Philippians, He’s the God who supplies ALL of our needs.

In Colossians, He’s the fullness of the godhead bodily.

In First and Second Thessalonians, He’s our Soon-coming King.

In First and Second Timothy, He’s the Mediator between God

and man.

In Titus, He is the Faithful Pastor.

In Philemon, He’s the Friend of the oppressed.

In Hebrews, He’s the Blood of the everlasting covenant.

In James, He is the Lord who raises the sick.

In First and Second Peter, He’s the Chief Shepherd, who shall

soon appear.

In First, Second, and Third John, He is Love.

In Jude, He’s the Lord coming with ten thousand of His saints.

In Revelation, He is King of kings and Lord of lords.

Monday, January 17, 2011


"Stupid, Stupid, Stupid! How could I have been so stupid, so easily misled? I knew that sinister serpent was sketchy! What had Adam always told me, most importantly what had God said? Do not eat of this one fruit, you can eat of anything else in the Garden but do not eat of this ONE fruit. AHHH the Garden. It was perfect there! We could run around and not worry about being hungry, or clothes, or fear of the animals or health issues, or pain, it was perfection, paradise. I did not have this pain and grossness every month, and wow do I not look forward to having another child. Cain and Abel were born with such ease, but now I do not look forward to having "pain" in childbirth. Adam did not have to work so hard to provide food and shelter for us. Poor Adam...OOOh Adam was so mad at me after he ate the fruit! Wait a minute, he ate the fruit too, why is he mad at me!!! Even though Adam is still angry and disappointed in me, the biggest regret that I feel and the one thing I miss the most is the true, real, no boundaries relationship I had with God. Now it is different, there is a seemingly cavern between us. Will our relationship ever be restored?"----EVE

The above are just some dialogue that I thought Eve may have possibly had running through her mind after she realized what she had done in eating the "forbidden fruit". She had lost her home, her health, her perfect marriage and most importantly her unhindered relationship with the Lord.

In Genesis 2 we see that God had created Eve as a partner for Adam. God had given her a perfect partner and a perfect life. Eve had flawless beauty and had no pain, no need, no suffering. All God asked in return was contentment. Contentment....not love, obedience, works, or sacrifice, but contentment. Eve's downfall and subsequent loss of her perfect life, happened because of her DISCONTENTMENT!

But don't we as women fight discontentment every day? If you are single, you want to be married. If you are married you want a child. If you have one child, you want another child. If you have a house, you want a bigger one. If you have a car, you want a better one. If you have your health, you desire beauty and perfection. We as women fight discontentment every day and in so many ways!

Yet, in trying to get rid of our discontenment we may be throwing away the paradise that God has planned for us! The paradise God has planned for you may be to be single while the paradise for many of your other friends may be marriage. God's paradise for me may be to be the mother of only one child while the paradise for some of my other friends may be to have a quiver full of children. Many times as women we miss out on enjoying the paradise God has for us because of our discontentment with the paradise that God has already given us! John Piper states in Desiring God, "God is most glorified, when we are most satisfied in HIM!"

What are you discontent about in your life?